Pradip Phanjoubam

Learning from crisis

While crises must be avoided by all means, the hard truth is, crises are also a fact of life and they always find the chink in anybody’s armour to enter his or her life. One positive way of looking at crises hence is that however bad and damaging as they .....

Media’s new horizon

It is encouraging to see the All Manipur Working Journalists Union, AMWJU, together with the Editors Guild Manipur, EGM, retracting some steps they had taken (or avoided as the case may be) directly or indirectly in the Kishorchandra Wangkhem arrest case......

Media challenged

The controversy over the NSA booking of Kishorechandra Wangkhem has touched foreign shores. The BBC has reported it and now quite likely the UN may take cognizance of the affair too. If the matter is not put to rest either through an impartial adjudicatio.....

Faring forward

There is always a tendency for insecure societies to look for succour in the past. It is as if the past was ideal and never had any of problems, although any study of history will confirm how fallacious this presumption has always been. But somehow, the p.....

Allegations in the press release of advocate Shreeji Bhavsar are false and baseless: S. Touthang

IMPHAL| Dec 21 In response to the allegations made in press statement by counsel advocate of Kishorchandra Wangkhem (Journalist), Shreeji Bhavsar which was published in local dailies yesterday, authorities of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa has issued a c.....

Making contracts transparent

The news that the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission, MSRLM, has signed memorandum of understanding with 11 new projects implementing agencies of Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is welcome. These programmes are designed to impart relevan.....

Something is rotten

Can it be a coincidence that the winter session of the Manipur Assembly is going to be a mere two-days sitting? We ask this question in the face of the manner another pillar of democracy, that of the judiciary, is being so seriously undermine in the state.....

Leading a democracy

The idea of democracy as a lived experience always has new challenges for everybody. The fact that different people understand it differently, sometimes radically so, is itself proof of its volatility as well as richness. It is also well known that democr.....

Missing charity

India today has some of the richest men in the world. Though philanthropist billionaires like Azim Premji are beginning to make the difference, India is still largely starved of charitable funds from which organized social work groups can draw from. Most .....

Cinema in digital era

Amidst all the stories of depressive gloom that mark Manipur of today, there are indeed some bright spots. Traditionally, sport has been one of these areas and performing arts another. Of late however, there is an offshoot of the latter which is showing e.....

Hailing peacemakers

It seems only yesterday. If we were to take a deep breath and reflect on the situation in the state exactly a year ago, it would seem almost unreal. About this time two years ago, the state was in a state of unprecedented turmoil, with different forces sh.....

Past as prison

There is a tendency in Manipur of things to always return to square one. The avenue for a way out of this depressing stagnancy eludes the imagination of one and all, including our leaders, intellectuals and the numerous NGOs in the field of social works. .....

Manipur’s gender story

December 11 is Nupi Lal Day, Manipur’s moment for celebrating its own story of gender power. By coincidence, the previous month of November serves as a worthy herald of this day, its calendar marked by many milestones in the state’s recent history. If not.....

Human rights and wrongs

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is quite a telling irony that just a week ago, the Manipur cabinet welcomed the extension of the Disturbed Area Act, and by that virtue, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as well. Even more confounding i.....

Bad foundation danger

Legacies shape life and therefore creating legacies is a serious enterprise especially in the public sphere. This truism is no better illustrated than in an article in a London journal some time ago on how bureaucracies live on forever and that a preceden.....

Nation notion

An interesting theory of the evolution of the nation, but one that has disappointingly failed to be backed up by events on the ground, may yet prove to be a sumptuous food for thought amidst the present day turmoil the post colonial world is witnessing. W.....

Enigma of fate

They say truth triumphs. But how can anybody be so sure. After all, one gets to know of only those truths that have actually triumphed and not of those that failed to make a mark, and who knows there may have been plenty of these in human history – as a t.....

Weak link in education chain

A chain is as strong as its weakest link. The strongest chain therefore will break at its weakest link when exposed to tension. In the educational chain starting from the lower primary school, or in popular parlance, the nursery school, to the specialize .....

Education as empowerment

One of the great things that modern democracy did has been to break the knowledge monopoly that the ruling elites zealously guarded through the ages. This theses is argued with power, clarity and conviction in a well-researched, sadly not published paper,.....

Sedition woes

The arrest of local TV journalist Wangkhemcha Kishorechandra for the third time in three months for criticising the government on social media is simply atrocious. The last two arrests of the man in very close proximity of each other and for the same offe.....

Disciplining Imphal traffic

If the law and order problem resulting out of insurgency is not something which can be resolved easily or quickly, there are so many others which given adequate government attention and commitment can be smoothened out without much problem. Among these is.....

Intent and meaning

Understandably, many postcolonial nations are uneasy, if not apprehensive of the idea of federalism. Nonetheless, it is also a fact that given the diversity of their demography and geography, when they freed themselves from the yoke of colonialism, they w.....

Ecology concerns

Manipur’s distinctive geographical feature marked by a surprisingly flat central valley with a large fresh water lake and surrounded by hill ranges running roughly north to south is identifiable from pretty high up in space. Well, none of us can claim to .....

Tackling the web

The manner the internet world has expanded in the last one decade or so both in scope as well as depth has been nothing less than phenomenal. It has indeed been a revolution and one which is beginning to shatter a past era like all revolutions do, to buil.....

The public intellectual

The list of 100 top “public intellectuals” of the world that the influential American journal “Foreign Policy” selects and publishes each year has been a matter of some very interesting debates. The question is, who exactly is an intellectual? And equally.....

Latest News

Former DC Tombikanta who contested border pillar 81 arrested for graft

New makeshift houses constructed along the Imphal-Moreh road

IMPHAL | Jun 25 Former deputy commissioner of Tengnoupal district, A. Tombikanta was arrested yesterday from Imphal in connection with charges of corruption concerning an amount of Rs. 4 crore which was sanctioned as compensation money for Imphal- More.....

26-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

7th round of ‘Political Dialogue’ with Kuki militants held at Delhi

IMPHAL | June 25 Two umbrella bodies of Kuki militants, Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF) today met government officials of both the Centre and the State for the 7th round of ‘political dialogue’ at New Delhi. Inter.....

26-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Fertilisers denied to farmers without land records

IMPHAL | Jun 25 All Manipur Progressive Farmers Association (AMPFA) has appealed the state government to stop its policy of allegedly denying fertiliser facilities to farmers without their own land record until a concrete policy for landless farmers is.....

26-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

AMSU lifts shutdown on DM University

AMSU lifts shutdown on DM University

IMPHAL | Jun 25 The shutdown imposed by All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on all academic and administrative activities of Dhanamanjuri University was lifted today. The student body imposed the shutdown on June 23 on the ground that the university .....

26-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Woman lodges complaint against Works department

IMPHAL | Jun 25 A woman has today lodged a complaint to Manipur Human Right Commission (MHRC) that her son who is an assistant engineer at Public Works department has been allegedly violated of his rights by the commissioner and secretary of Works dep.....

26-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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